Saving Lives

Step 4: Decide What to Provide & Gather Supplies

Average Time Needed

About a week


Your coordinator can handle this task, which includes letting Adoption Ambassadors know up front what out-of-pocket expenses they’ll have. For example, are you providing food, litter, etc. or are your fosters being asked to take that on?

You’ll need some money to pay for supplies – or communications to ask for donations. (It’s always a good idea to have extras on hand, since Adopt Me vests can get torn or lost and leashes walk away!)

Details to Consider

If you’re supplying the basics, you’ll need a stash of:

  • Food
  • Litter
  • Crates
  • Toys
  • Collars
  • Leashes
  • Tags

There are also the must-haves you should have ready to go:

  • Medications or preventatives (flea/tick/heartworm)
  • Adoption paperwork
  • Medical information specific to each animal

And you need specific supplies or materials needed to support Ambassadors in finding homes for their animals:

  • Adopt Me vests (An online search will show you suppliers who sell ready-made vests, or search for instructions to create your own)
  • Business cards

Tools to Get You Going